Teen car thief has given 9:30pm curfew

Teen car thief has given 9:30pm curfew

A DUBLIN teenager has been sentenced to obeying a curfew every night for six months after he pleaded guilty to stealing a car.

The boy, aged 17, was told by Judge John O'Connor at the Dublin Children's Court today that he was getting a “restriction of movement” order for six months.

The teenager had pleaded guilty to theft of the car from a residence at Aspen Road, in Kinsealy, in north Dublin on March 5th last. A pre-sentence probation report had been sought at an earlier stage and was furnished to the juvenile court yesterday.

Last month the teenager had failed to turn up to his hearing and a bench warrant was issued. A Garda had cautioned him the night before to remind him about the hearing and “he gave the distinct impression that he would not be showing up".

Judge O'Connor ordered the boy to obey a 9.30pm to 7am curfew at his home address every night for the next six months.

The teenager, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was told he has to continue attending an education course and a youth club. He also has to meet a youth worker once a week to discuss the impact of cannabis use for the duration of the order which will remain in force until the May 3rd next year.

“The alternative is it comes back to me and there may be a custodial sentence,” the judge warned the teen.